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Research interests

Eleonora is Reader in Economics at the University of Bath. She joined the Department of Economics in March 2017 as Senior Lecturer. Since February 2019 she is Deputy Head of Department, co-Editor of Health Economics Letters and Associate Editor of Health Economics. Previously, she was working at the Manchester Centre for Health Economics, University of Manchester where she held an MRC Early Career Fellowship in Economics of Health (2013-2016).

Eleonora attained her PhD in Economics at the University of Nottingham, her M.Sc. in Economics at University College London and her B.A. at Bocconi University (Milan).

She has held visiting positions at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and at the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.

Eleonora's research interests are in the economics of health and applied micro-econometrics. As such, she leads the research theme on "Social Determinants of Health". Her research investigates the socio-economic determinants of health in both developed and developing countries. Her focus is on how individuals and organisations interact with each other and on the social determinants of health. Her recent work investigates the effect of information and taxes on consumer behaviour (including their dietary choices), health and housing, the relationship between health treatment and behaviours, the effect of early life shocks on later life health and the relation between physical and mental health. She is also working on issues related to gender in academic career progression and wealth and political preferences.

Eleonora has obtained grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC), MRC jointly with DFiD and ESRC, the National Institute for Health Research, the Royal Economic Society, the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, the University of Manchester Research Institute and the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. Current grant-funded work examines the health impact of health financing systems in sub-Saharan Africa, and the effect of maternity leave policies on the academic job market. She is also working on the economic analysis of the effects of urban development on health within the TRU3D MRC consortium until 2024.

She has presented at several national and international conferences in economics, health economics and econometrics, and development economics.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Eleonora is interested in supervising new PhD students researching these topics:

- Education and health
- Health outcomes and behaviours over the lifecycle
- Policy evaluation of government interventions on health
- Economic resources and health

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 7 Jul 2010

Economics, Master of Economics, University College London

Award Date: 7 Jul 2006

Economics, Bachelor of Economics, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Award Date: 12 Dec 2003

External positions

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

1 Mar 2017 → …

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Research Output

Coronavirus and the NHS: a big dose of cash is welcome, but not enough on its own

Fichera, E., 12 Mar 2020, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

Is Owning your Home Good for your Health? Evidence from exogenous variations in subsidies in England

Munford, L., Fichera, E. & Sutton, M., 27 Jun 2020, (Acceptance date) In : Economics & Human Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pay for Performance: A Reflection on How a Global Perspective Could Enhance Policy and Research

Anselmi, L., Borghi, J., Fichera, E., Brown, G. W., Hanson, K., Kadungure, A., Kovacs, R., Kristensen, S. R., Singh, N. & Sutton, M., 15 Feb 2020, (Acceptance date) In : Int J Health Policy Manag. p. 1-5 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Sunk exporting costs and export market coverage

Fichera, E. & Shevtsova, Y., 27 Jan 2020, In : The Manchester School.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The effect of cash transfers on mental health: Opening the black box – a study from South Africa

Ohrnberger, J., Anselmi, L., Fichera, E. & Sutton, M., 29 Jun 2020, (Acceptance date) In : Social Science and Medicine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Gender differences in the labour market: The case of Vietnam

Author: Phan, V., 1 May 2020

Supervisor: Mergoupis, A. (Supervisor), Fichera, E. (Supervisor) & Sessions, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD